Range Test: What’s So Smart About This Gun?

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America’s 1st Freedom magazine’s staff has shot the Armatix iP1 — a so-called “smart gun” touted by some gun-control groups to be the end-all answer to gun safety. However, when range tested by the magazine’s team under rigidly controlled circumstances, they found a number of problems Continue reading Range Test: What’s So Smart About This Gun?

Brooklyn Lawmakers Want to Severely Tighten Ammo Sales

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If two New York lawmakers from Brooklyn are successful at passing new draft legislation aimed at tightly restricting the sale of ammunition in the state, will legitimate gun owners there turn to reloading Continue reading Brooklyn Lawmakers Want to Severely Tighten Ammo Sales

Ruger Rolls Out ‘American’ Pistol Line

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Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) has announced a new line of full-size duty pistols, available in 9mm Luger and .45 Auto. The two 9mms are Model Nos. 8605 (17+1) and 8607 (10+1) and the 45 is Model No. 8615, and all will list for $579 MSRP. Continue reading Ruger Rolls Out ‘American’ Pistol Line

Hodgdon’s Step-by-Step Loading Help

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Midsouth Shooters Supply sells a ton of Hodgdon powders, because, of course, the company makes great products our customers love. But Hodgdon powders are also popular because the company’s experts are willing to help folks get started in the craft or guide experienced hands toward new reloading ventures. Whether you’re new to reloading or a seasoned vet, there’s always something more to learn.

That’s where Hodgdon’s Reloading Education section comes in. The company has stockpiled a wealth of information that can help take your handloading to the next level. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to look at Hodgdon’s online system for building top-rate rifle, pistol, and shotgun loads and give you some pointers on how to make time-saving and money-conserving choices on brass, bullets, and powders.

Click here to see the landing page on which Hodgdon begins the education process.

Select the Reloading for Beginners tab to learn the basics, from the effect of crimp depth in shotshells to reloading the .223 to matching shot type and size to reloading data.

Midsouth also recommends you spend some time learning about Safety. Click that tab to brush up on the do’s and don’ts of reloading, starting with the basic reloading precautions created by the NRA.

Then, select the Tips and Tricks tab for informative posts on key topics in the reloading community.

Here’s a sample of some of the things you’ll find on the site:

Reloaders Corner: Pressure Curves for Semi-Automatic and Bolt-Action Rifles

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The following is a specially-adapted excerpt from the forthcoming book, Top-Grade Ammo, by author Glen Zediker, owner of Zediker Publishing.

When you’re handloading for semi-automatic rifles and bolt-action rifles, it’s helpful to realize they are not to be approached the same way. Continue reading Reloaders Corner: Pressure Curves for Semi-Automatic and Bolt-Action Rifles

10 Great Things about Kel-Tec’s PMR-30

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A few years ago, one of our Midsouth staffers asked an FFL friend to find him a Kel-Tec PMR-30, which were in short supply at the time. He purchased one for $600. Now, at a vastly better price, “The Shot Report” e-letter readers have a chance to win one in our giveaway.

Besides just the sheer joy of getting something cool for free, there’s a lot to like about the PMR-30 pistol. So, to fill you in on some of the best aspects of this handgun, we compiled a top-ten list of great things to like about Kel-Tec’s PMR-30, and we wish you luck when it comes time to draw for it.

#10

Ammunition for the PMR-30 is affordable, if sporadically available recently. A lot of shooters love the similarly sized FiveseveN handgun, but just the 5.7 ammo that runs that handgun will turn a big wad o’ cash in your pocket into a small wad o’ cash PDQ. The PMR-30, on the other hand, chambered for the .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, offers a lot of load availability and pricing. We currently list 14 different .22 WMR packages from CCI, Hornady, and Federal in bullet or shotcharge weights of 30, 40, 45, 50, and 52 grains. You can shoot this surprisingly powerful round for as low as 20 cents a round (actually, 19.88 cents/round for the Federal FMJ 40-grain load #129-737).

#9

First reaction of most shooters who handle the PMR-30: “It is so light, it feels like a toy.” The gun and magazine together, unloaded, weigh only a pound, and with a full complement of 40-grain cartridges, it comes in at 20.2 ounces.

#8

You can shoot the heck out it. Our staff has poured about 1000 rounds through one PMR-30, and everyone who shot it has loved it. But note that Kel-Tec says, “The PMR-30 pistol functions best with high-power ammo, often with bullet weights of 40-grains and up. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: CCI Maxi Mag 40gr, Winchester Super-X 40gr, Remington Premier Magnum 33gr.” Also, Kel-Tec notes, “Low-power ammo and/or lightweight bullets may cause failure to feed problems due to the lack of energy to cycle the slide all the way back. The following are currently low power, and may not function reliably in the PMR-30 pistol, especially if the grip is not held firmly: Winchester Dynapoint 45gr, Winchester Supreme 30gr.”

#7

Capacity. The “full complement” mentioned above is 30+1 rounds. Start shooting the first of the month, keep shooting all month. If you like to do math and not have loose rounds in your range bag, then cipher this:

We added three steel magazines to the two polymer mags purchased with the handgun, which gives a loaded-round count of 150 rounds in magazines, or the tidy equivalent of three 50-round boxes of ammo.

#6

The PMR-30 uses a double-stack magazine, and loading 30 rounds into it takes time, and holding pressure on the cartridges to put 30 in can tire your hands. To make this process easier, loading tools are available and recommended. Just do an online search for “PMR-30 loading tools” and several sources will pop up.

#5

The trigger is a crisp single action with an over-travel stop. Our staff PMR-30’s trigger breaks at 3.9 pounds, with no creep and a clean reset.

#4

Another favorite feature on the PMR-30 is the fiber-optic orange rear-sight dots and green fiber-optic front-sight dot. Even newbies understand and can see how to align the three dots, and they’re very visible on almost every target color. In fact, the color scheme is superior in low-light conditions.

#3

The sights and good trigger translate to pretty good accuracy. With Winchester Dynapoint 45-grain JHPs  at 15 yards, we can shoot some 2-inch groups off sandbags, but the average group size is closer to 2.5 inches. Our older version also likes Remington Magnum Rimfire 40-gr. PSPs, which come in around 2.7 inches as a group average.

#2

The PMR-30 produces surprising power and penetration. Super-X 22 WMRs are rated at a muzzle velocity/muzzle energy of 1910 fps/324 ft.-lbs. out of a rifle barrel, and in the PMR-30 itself, we got 1339 fps/159 ft.-lbs., only a 30% decrease. In Ballistic Technology’s wax-like, easy-to-use Handgun Bullet Test Tubes, we were able to accurately measure penetration and wound-cavity size. We fired a round into two 11-inch-long, 3.5-inch-wide Handgun Test Tubes set end to end. The Remington PSP had enough energy to punch a quarter-inch-wide hole 4 inches deep into the second tube (15 inches overall penetration).

#1

We have tested ten .22 WMR samples in the Kel-Tec for function and reliability. We encountered no function problems with any of the 10 brands. Some of our friends have mentioned two instances where the 30th round stuck in the magazine and didn’t feed. It only happened with Winchester Dynapoints in both of the polymer factory mags, so it may be an ammunition-specific issue. More likely, it’s that they did not follow the recommended loading sequence religiously. Failure to load the magazine properly can result in rim-lock, which will lead to a failure to feed. Most likely, after they got 15 to 20 rounds in the magazine, they didn’t tap the magazine on the bench to seat rounds.

All in, the lucky winner of the PMR-30 we’re offering will likely have himself or herself a ball with this handgun — with a red-dot or laser, it would be a wicked squirrel gun out to… as good as you are. Most of us are happy when the gun is better than we are.

A heads-up: You’ll notice we’re currently out of stock on all .22 WMR. Unfortunately, right now, ammunition manufacturers just can’t keep up with demand, and they won’t give us any expected dates of delivery, so we’re leery of letting folks backorder, when it may be a while before it can be fulfilled. If some looks to be coming in, we’ll try to let you know as soon as it hits the receiving dock.

Magnum Research Rolls Out Two More All-Stainless Desert Eagles

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Magnum Research Mark XIX Desert Eagle .44 Magnum (DE44SRMB)
Magnum Research Mark XIX Desert Eagle .44 Magnum (DE44SRMB)
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Magnum Research Mark XIX Desert Eagle .357 Magnum (DE357SRMB)

 

Magnum Research has announced two new models of its stainless-steel Desert Eagle, these chambered in .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum. The company, based in Greeley, Pennsylvania, introduced the stainless-steel Mark XIX in .50 AE about a year ago.

“When we introduced the first stainless steel Desert Eagle Mark XIX in .50 AE last year, the demand was overwhelming, and it was difficult to keep up with that demand,” said Frank Harris, VP of sales and marketing.

The new Mark XIX Desert Eagle .357 Magnum (DE357SRMB) and .44 Magnum (DE44SRMB) have all-stainless-steel frames, slides, barrels, and rails accented with attractive black appointments. Both models have 6-inch barrels and integral muzzle brakes, which will replace the add-on brakes Magnum Research previously offered. Both list for $1,931 and are scheduled to ship during first quarter of 2016.

Handily, the integral muzzle brake makes the new models the same overall length as the company’s standard 6-inch-barrel handgun, so the same holsters will fit the new models. The DE357SRMB and DE44SRMB also feature new Picatinny bottom rails for accessories.

Harris said, “Unquestionably, the Desert Eagle Mark XIX series is the most popular handgun that Magnum Research manufactures, and now, in stainless steel, the .357 and .44 Magnum, as well as the .50 AE, look more commanding than ever before.”

Click here to peruse our .357 Magnum ammunition choices.

Click here to view our .44 Magnum ammunition choices.

Novice Taya Kyle Beats Champion Bruce Piatt in Sniper Shootout  

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Taya Kyle, the widow of American Sniper author Chris Kyle — but herself a novice shooter — defeated NRA Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt Continue reading Novice Taya Kyle Beats Champion Bruce Piatt in Sniper Shootout  

White House: High Gun Sales Are a ‘Tragedy’

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The FBI conducted 185,345 firearms background checks on Black Friday, the most ever during a single day. Asked why he thinks so many Americans are buying guns, White House press secretary Josh Earnest replied, “I don’t know, I really don’t.”

The record number of gun sales came two weeks after the Islamic State’s terrorist attacks in Paris, but before the San Bernardino,California, terrorist massacre.

“In some cases these are individuals who believe that they need to buy a gun so that they can better protect themselves,” Earnest added. “In some cases because it’s Black Friday, they probably are going and purchasing a gift for a friend or a loved one who is a gun enthusiast. I’m just pointing out that there are already an astonishing number of guns on the streets of America and far too many innocent Americans who are being killed by them.”

“The more that we see this kind of violence on our streets, the more people go out and buy guns,” Earnest said. “That is both ironic and tragic.”

Perhaps our readers can help Mr. Earnest out by telling him why you or folks you know bought firearms recently. And, let him know if you agree that it’s “a tragedy” that record numbers of Americans bought guns in recent weeks.

Black Friday 2015 Breaks Sales Records

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More Americans had their backgrounds checked purchasing guns on this most recent Black Friday than any other day on record, according to data recently released by the FBI. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 requests on Nov. 27, one of the largest retail-sales days in the country.

Stephen Fischer Jr., of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, wrote in a release, “This was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014. The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.”

Other Black Friday shopping days in 2014, 2013 and 2012 occupied the FBI’s “top 10” list of the most background checks processed in a 24-hour period.

Since 1998, FBI data shows that the bureau has processed requests for more than 222 million firearm purchases. The highest per annum total recorded in the 17-year span was in 2013, with just over 21 million requests.

We had some great shopping deals this year, in our humble opinion. We hope you found a great price on something you were looking for. Check back in a couple of weeks for other bargains and clearances.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 requests on Nov. 27, setting a single-day sales record.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 requests on Nov. 27, setting a single-day sales record.

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